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Book #73
Book Title: Elsewhere
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Genre: fantasy;YA fiction
# of pages: 275
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): What happens when you die? Where do you go? What do you do? Zevin provides answers to these questions in this intriguing novel, centering on the death of Liz Hall, almost 16 years old and looking forward to all that lies ahead: learning to drive, helping her best friend prepare for the prom, going to college, falling in love. Killed in a hit-and-run accident, Liz struggles to understand what has happened to her, grief-stricken at all she has lost, and incapable of seeing the benefits of the Elsewhere in which she finds herself. Refusing to participate in this new life, Liz spends her time looking longingly down at the family and friends back on Earth who go on without her. But the new environment pulls her into its own rhythms. Liz meets the grandmother she never knew, makes friends, takes a job, and falls in love as she and the other inhabitants of Elsewhere age backward one year for each year that they are there. Zevin's third-person narrative calmly, but surely guides readers through the bumpy landscape of strongly delineated characters dealing with the most difficult issue that faces all of us. A quiet book that provides much to think about and discuss.

My Thoughts: This was an interesting read! I think that the plot was great! The downside was that it was a young adult read, and it showed. Even though I tend to have a soft spot for young adult books, the writing seemed to be choppy and it seemed to be written in a bit of a rush, in my opinion. I would suggest this book to people who love to read YA fiction, but don't buy it, just get it at your local library.

Currently reading: I think I am going to read The Glamour by Christopher Priest

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